X1 Reportedly Not Paid Yet + Members’ Agencies Clarify Reports
Agencies of X1 members have responded to reports of them not being paid yet.
X1 debuted on August 27 with the 11 finalists from Mnet’s “Produce X 101.” The group achieved impressive results on digital charts and physical album sales, selling about 570,000 albums, and they also promoted through various events and variety shows. According to a report by news outlet Sports Seoul on November 11, the X1 members and their agencies have not been paid at all for these activities.
Several industry representatives stated, “It’s hard to even know the fate of the group. With the current situation, it’s not guaranteed that a proper payment will be made for the activities that have taken place until now.”
However, sources from the members’ agencies clarified these reports. A representative from one member’s agency commented, “It has been about three months since X1 debuted, so it is correct that it is not yet the time for their payments to be received. Even if profits have been made from digital and physical album sales, it takes time for the profits to be sorted out.”
An agency representative of another member also remarked, “It depends on the contract, but generally payments are done on a quarterly basis. It has been about three months since X1’s debut, so the profits from their digital and physical album sales have not been sorted out yet as far as we are aware. It is normal to have not been paid yet.”
Last week, it was reported that X1 has not signed a contract with CJ ENM. Immediately after the end of “Produce X 101,” suspicions arose that the votes that determined the 11 finalists were manipulated. The police began investigating into the suspicions, but CJ ENM announced their decision to carry on with X1’s debut. As a result, the agencies of some of the X1 members stated that they wanted to sign their contracts with CJ ENM after seeing how the results of the investigation would turn out.
Future plans for X1 are now put on hold as Ahn Joon Young, the producing director responsible for the “Produce 101” series, admitted to manipulating the results of “Produce X 101” and “Produce 48” after being arrested on suspicions of fraud and breach of trust.